Retinol: not just a beautician buzzword, but a versatile skincare ingredient that delays characteristic features of aging. But just what is it, how should it be used, and what type is best for your skin? NYC facial plastic surgeon Dr. Konstantin joins a panel of skincare experts for a retinol tell-all with Dermstore.

What is retinol?

Retinol is a type of retinoid found in the vitamin A family. It is known for its abilities to increase skin cell turnover and collagen production, the latter of which allows it to smooth out fine lines and creases.

But the benefits don’t stop there; in fact, they’re seemingly endless. Retinol promotes exfoliation, increases blood flow to the skin, treats acne, and promotes overall healthy skin. In addition, it “can improve skin tone and texture and reduce the look of hyperpigmentation, age spots or sun spots,” tells Dr. Konstantin.

How to use retinol

“It’s best to start using retinol in one’s mid-20s or early 30s, once you start to see early signs of aging,” advises Dr. Konstantin. “You can use retinol as a preventative measure before seeing any obvious signs of aging as well.” Many dermatologists recommend using retinol products at night for best results. “It is also a good idea to follow your retinol with a moisturizer,” Dr. Konstantin adds, “to help with flakiness and irritation.”

Retinol products should be used correctly and consistently to obtain the best results. When beginning to use your product, it will need to be slowly introduced, as different skin types react differently to retinol. It should also be avoided while trying to conceive and/or pregnant. As always, it is important to talk to your dermatologist about what treatment is best for you.

Best retinol creams and serums

Whether or not you should use a cream or a serum, for example, is determined by the thickness of your skin. Serums, lighter and easily absorbed, are best for lighter, oily, acne-prone skin; creams deliver extra hydration and are best for dry, hard skin.

Ready for retinol? Here are the professionals’ top recommendations.

  1. SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream
  2. SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex 1.0

  3. Obagi Retinol 1.0
  4. Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum

  5. SENTÉ Intensive Bio Complete Cream

  6. PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment: 0.5% Pure Retinol Night

For more content from NYC facelift and skincare expert Dr. Konstantin, visit him on Instagram and YouTube. To schedule a consultation, contact our Manhattan practice today, where we will be happy to help you!

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